Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Opus 2011-205, Ecumenical Issues: Rome and the Book

I came across an interesting post at KEYBOARD THEOLOGIANS.  The discussion was about authority and when to kneel.  That was not what I found most interesting.  What got my attention was a quote they had from the Catholic Catechism,
"For this reason, the Church has always venerated the Scriptures as she venerates the Lord's Body. She never ceases to present to the faithful the bread of life, taken from the one table of God's Word and Christ's Body"
This says that the Roman Catholic Church venerates the Bible as much as they venerate the host.  I have long known that the Roman Catholic Church believes that the bread is actually changed into the body of Christ and the wine is changed into His blood.  I was a chaplain’s assistant in the army and we were taught to show extra care and respect for any of the consecrated host that we might need to deal with.  Any extra bread was to be stored in a special tabernacle inside a gold lined container.  The cup was to be washed in a sink that drained onto the ground, not into the sewer.  When I cover the Reformation at school I tell the non-Catholics to never partake of communion in a Catholic church because that would be considered blasphemy. 

I had never heard they had that kind of respect for the written word.  That flies in the face of all the historical attempts to keep the word out of the hands of the common believer.  Perspective and motive can be gamechangers.  Maybe the reason for withholding Bibles was respect for the word and fear that it would be misused.  I don’t need to agree to understand.

We have always heard about how the Roman Catholic church placed the church and tradition in authority over scripture.  If you think about it, how is that any different from Calvin and Luther.  They just wanted to substitute themselves for the pope.  We want to substitute the local church.  We talk about individual conscience and such but most Protestants take the teaching of the pastor as the authority.  Even local churches have a statement of agreed faith.  The only exception is when those in authority say something they don’t like, but that is another issue.

When it comes down to it the Roman Catholic church has a lot of the same issues that we Protestants have.  They work things out differently but are also concerned with faith and practice.  The majority of people who attend and claim the label don’t pay that much attention to what they believe. 

We sound like the same knuckleheads that Paul was writing to in his letters.  Welcome to the church.

homo unius libri

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